Also 215 US colleges and universities have on campus, providing ongoing Unified and inclusionary activities for students and Special Olympics athletes.
Also 215 US colleges and universities have on campus, providing ongoing Unified and inclusionary activities for students and Special Olympics athletes. 73 of the 215 US colleges and universities activating Special Olympics College conduct ongoing Unified Sports on their campus. As part of the Special Olympics- Lions Clubs International “Mission: Inclusion” partnership, the LCI youth network-Leos- have become a strong global partner in expanding and implementing Unified Sports together with Special Olympics. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more.
In 2013, the International Federations of baseball (IBAF) and softball (ISF) merged to create the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), which governs both sports.
For their return, with matches played in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans, each tournament will feature six teams after an international qualification process.
Thanks to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Agenda 2020, which offers each country hosting the Games the chance to add sports to the programme for that edition, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee naturally wanted to include baseball and softball.
The two disciplines were both previously Olympic, softball from 1996 to 2008, and baseball eight times as a demonstration sport between 1912 and its official inclusion on the programme in Barcelona in 1992.
Baseball, for men, and softball, for women, are hugely popular disciplines in Japan.
The national teams are among the best in the world.
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The best team from Asia/Oceania (not including Japan), and the best team in the Americas will each earn their Olympic place.
After that, there will be an Africa-Europe qualifying tournament between six teams (the top five nations in the 2019 European Championships and the winner of the African Championships) for one slot at the Games.